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LINDEN, Texas — A Cass County woman was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison for the continuous sexual abuse of a prepubescent girl.

Vanessa Lucille Alexander, 30, was found guilty of repeatedly molesting the victim, now 12, and of inviting and allowing others to sexually abuse the child as well. Alexander is a relative of the victim.

There is no parole from any sentence imposed for continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14. Alexander will not be eligible for parole until she is 96.

Cass County District Attorney Courtney Shelton described the facts of Alexander's case as among the worst and most disturbing she has faced in her career as a defense lawyer and as a prosecutor.

"In this case, she (Alexander) not only assaulted her (young relative), she subjected her to sexual assaults by other people. Vanessa Alexander is a monster, and she was (this) child's worst nightmare," Shelton said.

"After listening to the child's testimony, and hearing the details of the horrific acts that (Alexander) subjected her to, it was clear to the jury that Vanessa Alexander was guilty. The Cass County District Attorney's office is grateful to the jurors in this case who not only listened to the testimony, but were able to assess a fair of punishment of 60 years."

According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim's guardian reported the case to police in 2016 after the victim disclosed that she had been sexually abused starting when she was about 4 years old.

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